Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday Mystery-Devil's Tramping Ground !

How about another story of a place where nothing will grow?

Test have been done on the soil, possible reasons expounded on, and the reason for the barren spot still lingers to this day!

The Devil’s Tramping Ground

The Devil might go down to Georgia, but according to some centuries-old folklore, he comes out in North Carolina. Down a country road in Chatham County is a barren, 12-meter (40 ft) circle that’s been given the nickname “The Devil’s Tramping Ground.”

Every night at midnight, it’s said that the Devil comes out and stomps around there in a circle, planning the night’s activities before heading off to do his work. People have tried to grow plants there, but they die. Supposedly, any objects left within the circle during the day will be thrown out overnight.

Other ideas to explain the circle are mostly of the extraterrestrial and paranormal variety. Locals have often used the place as a meeting spot for parties, but some testify that they’ve failed spectacularly in their attempts to spend the night there. They cite a rather creepy feeling as the reason.

Scientists have tried to figure out why nothing will grow in this weird spot, but they’re stumped. Soil scientist Rich Hayes first thought that the copper or salt content of the soil was the reason. Although none of his tests were conclusive, they did reveal that there was something odd about the circle.

The barren soil within the circle had a higher pH level and higher concentrations of zinc, sodium, and copper than the ground outside the circle. The readings weren’t high enough to prevent things from growing, though.

Campfires built at this party spot might explain some of Hayes’s readings, but they don’t account for stories about the circle that go back hundreds of years. Strangely, compasses can also be thrown off by a few degrees when you’re walking through the circle. No one can explain that, either. So far, it’s added up to a big mystery for science.

Stories like this make me realize that there are too many things that are not for us to know. Thanks to Listverse for bringing these stories to us!

Coffee out on the patio this morning...chilly but dry!


Gorges Smythe said...

I wonder if anyone has thought of laying a Bible in the center of the circle overnight, or even holding a prayer meeting there?

Chickenmom said...

Now you just know I had to go look for a picture of it! Lots of 'em out there!

linda m said...

That is weird. I like Gorges ideas; they should try some sort of exorcism at the spot.

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
Sounds like a good idea to me!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Phyllis...
I figured you might just do that!
Thanks for coming by this morning!

Hey Linda...
It sure couldn't hurt, that's for sure!
Thanks for the visit today!

JO said...

I don't know what to think about this. I'm sure if it was a magnetic field that would alredy have been figured out. Surprise they didn't show a picture of the area.

I think the patio sounds fine I'll just wear a flannel. Going to be in the 90's today

Dizzy-Dick said...

Now you know, it must have been a landing site for a flying saucer, right??